Married to Valerie Hobson
BIOGRAPHY: Anthony Havelock-Allan was a major figure in the post-war blooming of British cinema. Both into a predominantly military family, his career in the entertainment industry began at a German gramophone company and subsequently as a manager at a cabaret club. In 1933 he began work as a casting director at British and Dominion film studios, who were involved in the production of ‘quota quickies’ for Paramount. He quickly graduated to producer and between 1935 and 1937 he produced more than twenty films. He began making first-feature films from 1938, and in 1942 he teamed up with Noel Coward, David Lean and Ronald Neame to form the production company Cineguild. Their films included In Which we Serve (1942), Brief Encounter (1945), This Happy Breed (1944), Blithe Spirit (1945) and Great Expectations (1946). Havelock-Allan was also credited as co-screenwriter on the latter four. His career in the 1950s was less successful, but it included a stint in Italy and films with Anthony Asquith. In 1960 he formed British Home Entertainment, which sought to introduce pay-cable TV to Britain. He returned to film production in the late 1960s with two highprofile projects: Franco Zefferelli’s massively successful Romeo and Juliet (1968), and, resuming his partnership with David Lean, Ryan’s Daughter (1970). In retirement, he was involved in establishing the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).